Councillor James Pasternak, North York Arts and local artist Bryan Taguba, celebrate the launch of With Love, North York.

TORONTO, ON – Councillor James Pasternak (York Centre), Executive Director Christina Giannelia (North York Arts) and Director of Development Melissa Foster (North York Arts), with artist Bryan Taguba, gathered in Roding Community Centre to celebrate this month’s earlier launch of With Love, North York with a ribbon cutting event.

Pictured (left to right): Julie Frost, (City of Toronto, Economic and Cultural Development), Christina Giannelia (North York Arts), Councillor James Pasternak (City of Toronto, York Centre), Bryan Taguba, and Bethune Kerr (City of Toronto, Community Recreation). Photograph taken by: Ricky Ru. Image courtesy of: North York Arts.

With Love, North York is a community-based art project spearheaded by North York Arts. The series portrays the works of Laura Yang, Melisa Sofi, Marg Cresswell, Bryan Taguba, Yasaman Mehrsa, and Serene Chan. The artworks have been created through a variety of mediums, including acrylic paint on bending plywood, on canvas, and digitally on vinyl. Each work of art has been created following community consultations and engagement, and are now being displayed in their respective community centres.

With Love, North York is a celebration of North York’s vibrant art scene. Each artist has made a contribution to the cultural fabric of our district. I encourage everyone to visit the different installations and experience the beauty that the North York artistic community has to offer” said Councillor James Pasternak (York Centre). “As Chair of North York Community Council and the local councillor for Ward 6, I will continue supporting investments in public art”.

The artwork is proudly displayed in the following locations (list is courtesy of North York Arts):

  • Ward 6 – Bryan Taguba – Roding Community Centre – 600 Roding St.
  • Ward 8 – Marg Cresswell – North Toronto Memorial Community Centre – 200 Eglinton Ave. West
  • Ward 15 – Yasaman Mehrsa – Jenner Jean Community Centre – 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive
  • Ward 16 – Melisa Sofi – Dennis R. Timbrell Community Centre – 29 St Dennis Dr.
  • Ward 17 – Serene Chan – Oriole Community Centre – 2975 Don Mills Road
  • Ward 18 – Laura Yang- Edithvale Community Centre – 131 Finch Ave. West

This project was supported by the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture division.

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